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First Eagles Goal Delights Ward

14 March 2015

After waiting 98 games to finally get on the scoresheet for the Eagles, Joel Ward was thrilled that his goal helped Palace clinch a huge 3-1 win against Queens Park Rangers.

The right-back popped up in the 42nd minute to fire the ball past Robert Green from the edge of the box after some good work by Wilfried Zaha, which handed his side a healthy lead at the interval that they never looked like relinquishing.

It also ended a run of four games without victory at Selhurst Park, but more importantly it helped Alan Pardew's side see off another relegation rival, which pleased Ward more than his maiden strike.

Post-match, he said: "I think it was a professional performance from us, we knew how big an occasion it was and how big a gap it would put between us and the bottom three so it's a very good job from us. We stayed professional and everyone did their job to make sure we came out on top.

"The boys showed great desire to get their goals, Punch and Wilf for the first and Macca with the second, which ultimately put us in a great position to build on that.

"It's a relief to finally get on the scoresheet for Palace so I'm really pleased with it. It's come onto my left foot and I thought 'if you don't shoot you don't score' and it's gone on target so I'm pleased."

The victory over the Hoops moved Palace 11 points clear of the bottom three, but despite a healthy cushion Ward is adamant that whilst his side are now aiming to catch those sides above them to try and improve on last season's 11th-place finish, they won't feel safe from the drop until it's a mathematical certainty.

"We've got a job to do and we're going to get as many points as we can but we won't stop until the end," he added. "We want to keep the gap as big as possible so we'll go about our jobs in the best way to give ourselves the chance to finish as high as we can.

"Our home form has needed to improve and I think we did that today by picking up the three points. I think it gives us the momentum and confidence to build on that and move forward and start looking above us to catch those in front of us."

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